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The Getty Alchemy Collection

Materials from the Research Library, Getty Research Institute located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Getty Alchemy Collection includes books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries dealing with the art and science of alchemy. Its core is formed by the Manly Palmer Hall collection, acquired in 1995 from the estate of the Los Angeles theosophist, who founded the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Originally acquired for its contribution to the history of visual symbolism, alchemy is now also recognized as the key to the history of materiality in the arts.

In addition to their influential allegorical and fantastic imagery, Alchemical texts record recipes and techniques for applications across the visual arts, including pigments, dyes, metal-alloys, and effects in glass, as well as the acidic washes of etching and lithography. Alchemy, called “the great art” in Medieval Europe, also speaks to essential ideas about human creativity and the relationship between Art and Nature which have infused the history of art from antiquity to the present day.


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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Printer from Mortimer, following BM STC Italian
Topic: Alchemy
Roman Catholic attack on the Rosicrucian tracts & movement, believed to be a Calvinist Anabaptist plot to overturn the Papacy
Topic: Rosicrucians
T.p. in red and black
Topic: Alchemy
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Library's copy signed (??Jones) and dated (Lahore, November 1907) on half title page
Topic: Medizin
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Topics: Chemistry, Matter, Alchemy
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by Ittershagen, Georg Christian
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Topics: Geochemistry, Metals, Alchemy, genealogy
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by Bernard, of Trevisan
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Apparently first appeared with Basil Valentine's Les douze clefs de philosophie and l'Azoth in Paris ed. of 1624. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topic: Alchemy
Signatures: )((-)(8) A-I
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemists
A reply to Henry More's The second lash of Alazonomastix (Wing M2677)
Topics: More, Henry, 1614-1687, Occultism, Alchemists
Signatures: A-2C
Topics: Rosicrucians, Millennium (Eschatology), Prophecies (Occultism)
Title on halftitle continues: magis elucidatus, et duabus epistolis augmentatus
Topics: Alchemy, Occultism, Rosicrucians
Final leaf blank
Topic: Alchemy
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Appended is: Oevvre philosophiqve / de I. Saunier (caption title; 55 p.). Oeuvre philosophique ends on p. 54 and is followed on p. 55 by: Grande et reale mvltiplication d'or à l'infiny, signed at the foot: de Castagne. Oeuvre philosophique similarly follows Le grand miracle in the 1661 ed. of de Castaigne's complete works. In the present copy the signatures and pagination of Oeuvre philosophique begin anew and the type and the paper are different, apparently implying that another ed. of Oeuvre...
Topic: Alchemy
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Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Gift of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Topic: Alchemy
Errata, foot of p. 156
Topics: Lutheran Church, Calvinism, Zwinglianism, Reformed Church
Latin translation of: Doctor Fludds answer unto M. Foster, or, The squeesing of parson Foster's sponge; published in 1631, shortly after the appearance in the same year of Foster's Hoplocrisma-Spongus, or, A sponge to wipe away the weapon-salve. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Foster, William, 1591-1643, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Medicine
Signatures: A-I, K
Topics: Lord's Supper, Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church, Lord's Supper, Calvinism
Many errors in pagination
Topic: Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564
First published in Latin at Frankfurt, 1742. This 1st English translation by John Campbell. See Hogart
Topics: Health, Longevity, Rejuvenation, Occultism
Issued with: Glauber's Furni novi philosophici (SPECIAL 1385-899)
Topics: Gold, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
First ed. 1617, another in 1619; cf. Hogart
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
The key to the author's Mercurius triumphans, first published in 1600. Mercurius triumphans was first published at Magdeburg, 1599, and issued in an enlarged ed. the following year. The 5 sections of the present work correspond to the 5 books of the 1599 ed
Topics: Copus, Martinus, Alchemy
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by Wezel, Johann Karl, 1747-1819; Michau, J
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Preface signed: Wzl
Topic: Rosicrucians
British Library catalog gives place: Amsterdam (Nuremberg)
Topic: Rosicrucians
Woodcut pictorial headpiece, p. 112
Topic: Rosicrucians
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topics: Signatures (Medicine), Alchemy
Jansson's German ed. appeared in 1658; title: Tractatus de natura salium, oder, Aussfürliche Beschreibung deren bekanten Salien unterscheiden Natur, Eigenschafft und Gebrauch ..
Topics: Salts, Alchemy
Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic
Signed at end of text, D3v: Irenaeus Agnostus C.W. ejusdem Fraternitatis per Germaniam indignus notarius (i.e. Friedrich Glick; see BSB-AK 1500-1840)
Topic: Rosicrucians
Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Fama fraternitatis. Danzig : A. Hünefeldt, 1615 (SPECIAL 1380-915)
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Signatures: A-F(-F8)
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Hellwig, Johann Otto von, 1654-1698
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Signatures: A B
Topic: Tartaric acid
By J.V. Andreä; see Faber du Faur
Topics: Rosicrucians, Pansophy
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by Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654; Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654. De christiani cosmoxeni genitura judicium
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Complementary to the author's Peregrini in patria errores
Topic: Jesus Christ
Text signed: C.H.C
Topics: Fama fraternitatis, Confessio fraternitatis, Rosicrucians
Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Alchemy
"Ad lectorem" (p. [3]) signed: I.I.H.M.D
Topic: Alchemy
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by Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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By J.V. Andrea; cf. Faber du Faur
Topic: Jesus Christ
First published in Brussels, 1619. Authorship has been attributed to Themistius. See Hogart
Topics: Jesuits, Rosicrucians
At head of title (in Greek): antikrisis
Topics: Valentia, Florentinus de, 1586-1654, Rosicrucians
Irenaeus Agnostus is a pseudonym of Friedrich Grick. See Hogart, BM, BSB-AK
Topics: Mundus, S, Roscrucians
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Library's copy 1 imperfect: frontispiece and leaf with t.p. wanting
Topics: Phlogiston, Alchemy
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by Libavius, Andreas, -1616; Libavius, Andreas, -1616. Appendix necessaria Syntagmatis arcanorum chymicorum; Libavius, Andreas, -1616. Analysis confessionis Fraternitatis de rosea cruce
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Library's copy bound after: Appendix necessaria Syntagmatis arcanorum chymicorum / Andreae Libavii. Francofvrti : Excudebat Nicolaus Hoffmannus : Impensis Petri Kopffij, 1615 (SPECIAL FOLIO 1378-551)
Topics: Hartmann, Johann, 1568-1631, Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Croll, Oswald, approximately 1560-1609,...
Binding: vellum; edges stained red
Topic: Alchemy
Binding: sprinkled calf; blind tooled fillets along edges of boards; gilt label on spine; edges stained red
Topic: Alchemy
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by Porta, Giambattista della, approximately 1535-1615, author; Lauro, Giacomo, active 17th century, engraver; Stamparia Camerale, printer
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nding: marlbled boards; red morocco label with gilt title on spine; label of B.E.J. Pagel on front pastedown and his initials on title page
Topics: Alchemy, Distillation, Essences and essential oils, Chemistry, Distillation apparatus, Alchemy,...
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by Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Mythologiae christianae / J.V. Andreä. Strasbourg : Haeredes Laz. Zetzneri, 1619 (SPECIAL 1386-587)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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by Marchetti, Pietro Maria, active 1565-1615
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Binding: vellum. Inscribed in ink in two different hands on front pastedown. Large bookplate of Wigan Free Public Library on front free endpaper and their blind stamp on the title page and page 231
Topic: Alchemy
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by Rouillé, Guillaume, 1518?-1589, printer
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NLM 16th cent
Topic: Pharmacy
Bound in polished calf; gold tooled borders and gold stamped fleurons at at 3 corners on the front board, and 4 corners on the rear; "F.D.v.S" in stamped in gold on front board, and "1723" in gold on rear board; gilt spine; all edges gilt; gilt embossed endleaves
Topics: Mysticism, Theosophy
Binding: old worn calfskin; extensive manuscript notes in margins, front pastedown and rear free endpaper; label with bibliographic information on front pastedown
Topic: Mercury
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by Contains (work): Aubigné, Nathan d', 1600 or 1601-1669. Carmen aureum
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Gift of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Topic: Alchemy
Gift of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Topic: Alchemy
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by Contains (work): Sędziwój, Michał, approximately 1556-approximately 1646. Tractatus de sulphure
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Bound with: Ioannis Aurelij Augurelli P. Ariminensis Chrysopoeia et Vellus aureum. [Geneva?] : [Publisher not identified], [1639?]
Topic: Science
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by Köhler, Sebald, publisher
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Bound in vellum; ink title on spine; edges stained green; initials "CSDDK" and date stamped on front board; ownership inscription on title page: Cs. Do. de Kirchbergi (?)
Topic: Alchemy
Binding: later marbled paper, backed in goatskin. "Matthias on vermillion" on spine label in gilt. Edges red
Topics: Cinnabar, Cinnabar
Library's copy heavily annotated in the margins; three ink signatures on title page, two of them crossed out
Topic: Minerals